From bullets to rabbits, here’s everything you need to know before you buy

Emilee Geist

With prices ranging from £5 to £5,000, the choice can be overwhelming. But we've covered everything, from toys for women and men to couples, to help you make an informed decision (The Inependent/iStock)
With prices ranging from £5 to £5,000, the choice can be overwhelming. But we’ve covered everything, from toys for women and men to couples, to help you make an informed decision (The Inependent/iStock)

If you’ve never bought a sex toy before then it’s easy to feel intimidated by the whole process.

While you thankfully no longer have to go into a shop marked “XXX”, ordering online can be a bit overwhelming, with websites filled with brightly coloured phalluses, and prices varying from £5 to £5,000.

In order to make sure that you buy the right toy for you, we’ve put together a comprehensive toy shopping guide.

Everything electronic we recommend comes with a gentle setting to start you off, and will be delivered in a discrete parcel that your postman won’t give a second look.

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Shopping for Shapewear Is Hard, But These 35 Reviews Help

Emilee Geist

Anyone who defines themselves as “curvy” knows that the fashion industry’s narrow sizing standards make finding everything from the perfect swimsuit to an everyday dress a challenge. But luckily for us, there’s a simple solution: shapewear. This undergarment is a staple piece for any woman looking to feel her best.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Thanks to its rise in popularity, there are a plethora of real women who have shared their opinions about shapewear. In light of this fact, I did a little digging through the review section to see which of the best shapewear pieces on Amazon are actually worth the hype and, in some cases, the investment. Whether you’re new to the idea of using shapewear, want to feel your best in your favorite pants, or are looking for the perfect piece post-pregnancy, the shapewear you’ve been looking for can be

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Meet the designer that made a chatbot to flag workplace racism

Emilee Geist

I recently made a chatbot for recruiters to interact with my portfolio, which garnered some attention on Twitter:

You can interact with it here.

This was a simple experiment I did to manage recruitment emails and job applications, inspired by Big Kid Lab. My original intention was to showcase my resourceful skills and get hands-on experience with conversational AI design, but I added some bolder questions to filter out recruiters who represent companies that don’t align with my values. It’s rather alarming if a company still hasn’t taken a stance of support for BLM or other social justice issues at this point. Being a woman of color in tech, I know that their silence represents a larger implication of the way I would be seen and treated in that work environment.

[Read: Are EVs too expensive? Here are 5 common myths, debunked]

Before the recruiter can interact with my

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The Best Rolling Pins You Can Buy Online, According to Thousands of Reviews

Emilee Geist

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A good rolling pin is a must-have kitchen tool. A sturdy, well-designed rolling pin can last for decades and could even be passed down for generations. And a great one will also be of tremendous help to you right now. A quality rolling pin makes baking easier because it allows you to produce evenly and properly measured dough for pies and cookies. (There’s really nothing worse than taking what was intended to be a delicious, golden-brown baked good out of the oven and seeing it burned in parts and undercooked in others.) But because there are so many different options available to home bakers, it’s hard to know which rolling pin will best suit your needs. To help, we scoured the internet for all the best rolling pins, and we rounded up a list of the most highly-rated options according to hundreds and thousands of shopper reviews.

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AAP, RCI, MSFT, SNE and NTDOY as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

Emilee Geist

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – September 23, 2020 – Zacks Equity Research highlights Advanced Auto Parts AAP as the Bull of the Day and Rogers Communication RCI as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on Microsoft MSFT, Sony SNE and Nintendo NTDOY.

Here is a synopsis of all four stocks:

Bull of the Day:

Advanced Auto Parts is a Zacks #1 (Strong Buy) that operates in the automotive aftermarket industry, selling replacement parts. It’s one of the leading automotive parts providers and caters to the DIY customer.

The company recently had a blowout quarter, where it beat on both the top and bottom line. The stock gapped higher after EPS, but was sold back down to pre-earnings levels.

Investors now must decide if the momentum seen during the pandemic will continue and if the DIY trend can fuel more growth.

About the Company

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8 Brides On What They Wore To Their Micro-Weddings

Emilee Geist

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The Real Cost Of Coronavirus Micro-Weddings

Micro-weddings are all the rage for couples who were planning to tie the knot in 2020. Because of COVID-19, many have been forced to postpone their big parties, but instead of pushing back saying “I do,” some couples have opted instead to have intimate ceremonies and celebrations, often in addition to larger future bashes with friends and extended family. This trend is great for couples who are in a hurry to get married, but does it also tack on unexpected additional costs to the already pricey endeavor of hosting a wedding? That all depends on how you approach the planning process. To find out the real cost of coronavirus micro-weddings, we talked to 14 people about their budgets. Ahead, they share how much they spent to get married in 2020, how their future wedding celebrations will or won’t look different because of their

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The Best Sites For Stylish Holiday Cards

Emilee Geist

Once upon a time, a little version of you may have graced your family’s holiday card. Now you’re the one creating your own season’s greetings — and you need a site that will help you do it, whatever your goal or aesthetic. Maybe you want to express your holiday cheer with snaps of you and your friends over the year’s best occasions and accompany it with some witty holiday truism. Maybe you’re more the bleak, Instagram snowscape type. Or, maybe you like rich letterpress cards with tasteful typography. Whatever your vision, you want to reach out to loved ones with stylish and personalized good wishes for the year ahead.

Fortunately, creating a just-right-for-you card no longer involves hours spent trolling bargain bins at bookstores or sitting at home with Love Actually playing in the background, licking stamps and addressing envelopes — because the sites ahead put a modern, efficient spin

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Theaters nobly fill the COVID void, but screens make me miss the stage even more

Emilee Geist

Pig Iron's "Zero Cost House" featuring, clockwise from top left: Dito Van Reigersberg, Alex Torra and puppets by Maiko Matsushima. <span class="copyright">(Mary McCool)</span>
Pig Iron’s “Zero Cost House” featuring, clockwise from top left: Dito Van Reigersberg, Alex Torra and puppets by Maiko Matsushima. (Mary McCool)

Zoom theater is an oxymoron, but substitutes for live performance will have to do until we can safely gather again as an audience.

The Old Vic’s In Camera program demonstrates what can be done with an actor on stage alone or physically distanced from a scene partner. The offerings, scratch productions with topnotch performers, recall Peter Brook’s idea of theater as “the empty space,” the stage equivalent of a blank page, requiring nothing more than the imaginative interplay between artists and (implied) spectators.

But what about more adventurous digital performances? My encounters thus far don’t persuade me that the future of theater lies in sophisticated tech.

When I tune into a play or a devised theater piece, I’m not looking to be dazzled by computer graphics. Clever Zoom

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Tesla is finally waking up to the realities of being a legitimate car maker

Emilee Geist

Tesla‘s Battery Day is one of the most anticipated days in the yearly calendar of electric vehicle fans, tech investors, and Musketeers. This year’s event was supposed to be in July, but after a number of delays and vague rescheduling it happened yesterday, and it feels like a bit of a damp squib.

On a shareholder earnings call in January Musk urged the public to “wait until Battery Day” to have their minds “blown.” However, on Battery Day Eve, Musk tempered expectations with a series of tweets that suggested nothing big was really coming until 2022.

Following the tweets, Tesla’s stock price acted appropriately and headed south, a trend which has seemingly

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Royal Mint launching Winnie the Pooh 50p piece for Disney fans everywhere

Emilee Geist

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Disney favourite Winnie the Pooh will be making his first appearance on a coin as part of a new series from the Royal Mint.

From today, fans of Pooh bear and coin collectors alike can get their hands on a 50-pence piece adorned with a watercolour illustration of the iconic character with a jar of honey.

The drawing is courtesy of the original illustrator for the bear and his friends, EH Shepard.

Not unlike the Beatrix Potter coin collection, this will be part of a wider Disney collaboration, with Winnie the Pooh’s friends Piglet and Christopher Robin appearing in other coins coming soon.

“I’m honoured to have been able to work on this exciting coin. Winnie-the-Pooh was a huge part of my childhood and forms some of my fondest memories,” Daniel Thorne, a product designer at The Royal Mint who worked on the Winnie-the-Pooh commemorative coin says.

“So I

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